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Biden drops out of presidential race: Trump's reaction

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© AP Photo/Alex BrandonFormer U.S. President Donald Trump
The Republican presidential candidate mentioned in a phone call to CNN that he believes Vice President Kamala Harris will be easier to defeat

Minutes after US President Joe Biden announced his withdrawal from the 2024 race, former President and Republican nominee Donald Trump spoke with CNN over the phone, asserting that Biden will be remembered as "the single worst president by far in the history of our country."

Trump said that he believes Vice President Kamala Harris will be an easier opponent to defeat than Biden would have been.

Comment: Richard Grenell outlined one of Trump's foreign policy planks, and got soundly smacked by Kremlin spokesperson Maria Zakharova:
Grenell, who held several senior diplomatic posts during Trump's first tenure and is now widely regarded as his "envoy" and likely pick for the Secretary of State, should the Republican win the elections, made the remarks in an interview with German tabloid Bild on Friday. Among other things, the diplomat suggested Ukraine was largely the EU's "responsibility" and not Washington's.

"It's in your backyard. If there was a war in Mexico, we would do most, if not all, of the job. And we certainly wouldn't ask the Germans for help if there was a war in Mexico," Grenell stated.

"There were no wars in Europe during Donald Trump's time in office," he pointed out, insisting that the continent had fared better during the previous president's administration.

Grenell also criticized the incumbent, Joe Biden, for his apparent lack of any effort to engage in diplomacy with Russia or talk to President Vladimir Putin.

"Biden has not spoken to [Putin] in three years. I think talking to people is a tactic. Not the goal, not the solution - but it gets us there," he suggested.

Grenell has been rather vocal about the Ukrainian conflict lately, floating a proposal earlier this month on how exactly the hostilities could be brought to an end. The diplomat said Ukraine should not become a member of NATO any time soon, and that transforming the country into a federation of sorts with more autonomous regions could be the key to ending the hostilities.

"Autonomous regions can mean a lot of things to a lot of people, but you got to work through those details," Grenell stated during a Bloomberg News roundtable.

The proposal received a cold response in Moscow, with Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova dismissing it as an attempt to re-imagine the long-defunct 2014-15 Minsk Agreements. The deal, which had provided a roadmap out of the conflict in then-Ukrainian Donbass, was ultimately revealed both by Kiev and its Western backers to be a mere ruse to buy time for arming Ukraine.

"Where were you, Rick, when the Minsk agreements dedicated to exactly this were on the table of the international community, and Russia did its best in support of them and called for finding a form of federalization of Ukraine to preserve its integrity?" Zakharova wrote in a Telegram post.



Bullseye

Türkiye's Erdogan is teaching his NATO "allies" some unpleasant truths

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© Beata Zawrzel / NurPhoto via Getty ImagesTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the 75th NATO Summit in Washington, DC, July 11, 2024
The Turkish president understands that the West will have to learn to live as just one of several centers of world power

On the occasion of NATO's 75th anniversary meeting, only two leaders of NATO member states dared openly speak about issues that in a reasonable organization shaped by mutual respect that seeks the most effective and responsible policies would be the subject of intense debate among all members. The president of Türkiye, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and the prime minister of Hungary, Viktor Orban, made their dissent clear on the eve of the meeting. A third leader, Robert Fico, the prime minister of Slovakia, issued an urgent warning afterwards, arguing that making Ukraine a NATO member - not the same as the misguided but fortunately non-binding talk about 'irreversibility' that the meeting proudly produced - would be a "guarantee of World War III."

Both Erdogan and Orban broke with the conformism that is the unwritten law of NATO now more than ever. Instead of simply following the often misguided and selfish lead of the US, they signaled three things: Rational dissent on policy reflecting both reason and national interests; that such dissent is normal, useful, and should be welcome; and that they won't join in the ideological and detrimental groupthink that suppresses dissent inside NATO, and more broadly, the Collective West.

Light Saber

Trump back on campaign trail, holds massive Michigan rally with VP pick Vance

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© Jim Watson/AFP via Getty ImagesFormer President and 2024 presidential nominee Donald Trump with Sen. and vice presidential nominee JD Vance, attend their first campaign rally together at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Saturday, July 20, 2024
More than 12,000 people showed up to rally in support of Trump and Vance in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Former President Donald Trump declared Saturday that he "took a bullet for democracy" while firing up a crowd of voters in Grand Rapids, Michigan, at his first rally since surviving an assassination attempt last week.

More than 12,000 people piled into the Van Andel Arena, home to the Grand Rapids Griffins hockey team, to see him and his running mate, Ohio Sen. JD Vance, who are coming off a packed week at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Milwaukee, where each accepted their respective nominations to appear on the GOP ticket together.

"They keep saying he's a threat to democracy. I'm saying, ''What the hell did I do to democracy?' Last week I took a bullet for democracy," Trump said as the crowd cheered, referencing an often used Democrat talking point. "What did I do against democracy? Crazy."

Comment: Biden has stepped aside (under duress no doubt, Jill does love being First Lady), so now is Harris' chance to make good on all that bravado. Don't hold your breath . . . .

Bye bye Biden: President drops out of election race, endorses Harris

Project 2025 is indeed scary as hell, but Kamala is playing fast and loose with Trump's supposed affiliation with it.




Warning

Stoltenberg cautions against 'prophecies' over end of NATO

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© Sean Gallup /Getty ImagesNATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg
Member states are reportedly wary of a shift in US policy towards the bloc if Donald Trump is reelected as president.

Western countries should not create "self-fulfilling prophecies" suggesting that a second Donald Trump presidency would mean the end of NATO, the bloc's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said.

In an interview with The Guardian published on Thursday, the NATO chief said member countries should not fear for the bloc's future under Trump, but build a relationship with his administration like they did in 2016 regardless of his campaign rhetoric.

"What we decided in 2016 was, of course, [to] engage with the new administration, not least because the questions were asked about whether [the US was] supportive of NATO," Stoltenberg told the outlet on the sidelines of the European Political Community (EPC) meeting at Blenheim Palace in the UK.

In an apparent effort to appease NATO members, Stoltenberg claimed that Trump's criticism had not been directed at the US-led military bloc itself but towards countries that were not spending enough on defense.

Comment: Prepare for argumentation.


Star of David

Israeli settlements illegal - top UN court

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© Zain Jaafar/AFPA view of the Israeli settlements of Itamar and Elon Moreh • March 20, 2024
Israel's construction of settlements on Palestinian land violates the Geneva Convention and amounts to a policy of "de-facto annexation," the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has declared. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has dismissed the "false ruling," insisting that the West Bank is Jewish land.

The court's 15 justices agreed on Friday:
"The transfer by Israel of settlers to the West Bank and Jerusalem as well as Israel's maintenance of their presence, is contrary to article 49 of the fourth Geneva Convention."
Reading out the non-binding advisory opinion, ICJ President Nawaf Salam described Israel's building of settlements in the West Bank as a "de-facto annexation" of the territory, and stated that the Jewish state should end its "unlawful" presence in occupied Palestinian territory as "rapidly as possible."

The ICJ has been investigating Israel's "policies and practices" toward the occupied Palestinian territories since early 2023, at the request of the UN General Assembly. At a series of hearings in February, the Palestinian Authority's foreign minister, Riad Malki, accused Israel of apartheid and called on the court to declare the occupation of Palestinian land illegal. Israel did not send legal representatives to the hearings.

While Friday's ruling will inform the UN's stance on Israeli settlements, the ICJ lacks any means of enforcing the decision.

Comment: Nor did the US return stolen territory to native Indian tribes. Israel has Gaza. USA has reservations. At least one of these 'solutions' remains.


X

'No mercy' for Ukrainian neo-Nazi POW murderers - ex-Russian president

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© Ekaterina Shtukina/SputnikDeputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council and leader of the United Russia political party Dmitry Medvedev
Perpetrators of war crimes "have no right to life," Dmitry Medvedev has said, as footage purportedly showing the execution of prisoners emerged online.

No mercy must be shown towards Ukrainian neo-Nazis who murdered an unarmed Russian soldier, former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev has said. The only response that should follow is across-the-board executions, he added.

Medvedev, who currently serves as deputy chair of the Russian Security Council, was commenting on a video depicting the brutal execution of a Russian serviceman that was published by the Azov Brigade on its Telegram channel on Monday. The helmet-camera video shows an unarmed soldier asking a purported Azov militant not to shoot him, before he gets shot several times in the face at point-blank range.

Comment: See also:


Attention

Bye bye Biden: President drops out of election race, endorses Harris

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President Joe Biden on July 21 dropped out of the presidential race and endorsed his vice president, Kamala Harris, for the Democratic nomination.

"It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve as your President," he said in a letter posted to X.

"And while it has been my intention to seek reelection, I believe it is in the best interest of my party and the country for me to stand down and to focus solely on fulfilling my duties as President for the remainder of my term."

Comment: Sky News is providing updates:
Harris will be easier to beat than Biden, Trump says

Kamala Harris will be easier to defeat in the race for the White House than Joe Biden, Donald Trump has said.

In a phone call with CNN minutes after Mr Biden announced his exit from the 2024 race, Mr Trump said he did not know who he would face, but suggested the vice president would not pose him a bigger problem than the sitting president.

Separately, in a brief phone interview with our partner network NBC News, Mr Trump said: "There has never been a president who has done such damage to our country.

"From energy independence to letting in millions and millions of illegal immigrants."

"We will fix what he has done," he continued.

When asked if he was surprised at the announcement, he said: "He should never have been there in the first place... he should have stayed in his basement."

Moments later, Mr Trump wrote in a post on his Truth Social platform that "Crooked Joe Biden was not fit to run for President, and is certainly not fit to serve — And never was!"

Mr Trump claimed that Biden "attained" the job as president "by lies, Fake News, and not leaving his Basement".

"All those around him, including his Doctor and the Media, knew that he wasn't capable of being President, and he wasn't - And now, look what he's done to our Country, with millions of people coming across our Border, totally unchecked and unvetted, many from prisons, mental institutions, and record numbers of terrorists," Trump said.

"We will suffer greatly because of his presidency, but we will remedy the damage he has done very quickly. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!"
The original statement can be found here:

And his endorsement of Kamala here:




Bullseye

Lavrov tells UN: Israel wants to escalate conflict NOT Hezbollah

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated on Wednesday that Lebanon's Hezbollah and the Lebanese government do not desire a "full-blown war" with Israel, though some factions within the Israeli regime are seeking it.

Speaking at a press conference at the UN headquarters in New York on Wednesday, Lavrov noted that "There's a suspicion that some circles in Israel are trying to achieve just that," citing American and European analysts.

He stressed that "escalation, as the practical developments show, is something which Israel is interested in."

Since early October, Hezbollah and Israel have been exchanging deadly fire following the regime's launch of a genocidal war on Gaza after a surprise operation by the Palestinian resistance groups.

Comment: As noted below, Israel's provocations, and its attempts to widen the conflict - sometimes bombing Palestine, Lebanon and Syria all in 1 day - wouldn't be possible were it not for the West, and some Arab states:



Footage of Lavrov's statement at the UN - which has, unsurprisingly, gone largely unreported in the legacy media:


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Magnify

Russian strike takes out British SAS sabotage group in Ukraine, claims retired Russian naval officer Sivkov

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© russkievesti.ruKonstantin Sivkov: Military expert, doctor of military sciences, deputy president of the Russian Academy of Missile and Artillery Sciences, columnist at Tsargrad TV.
The Russian army is acting "carefully" in the zone of its own defense. The main directions are the Hours of Yar, his entourage so that they (APU. — Ed.) eventually leave him. These are actions in the Kharkiv region — constant maintenance of tension with a willingness to surround this city. The third direction is attacks on various objects on the territory of Ukraine. Konstantin Sivkov, a full member of the Academy of Military Sciences, Vice-President of the Academy of Missile and Artillery Sciences for Information Policy, said this in an interview on the Aesthetics of Theory Youtube channel.

According to him, two days ago, the Russian Aerospace Forces struck Odessa, as a result of which an entire unit of British SAS special forces fighters was destroyed — "underwater saboteurs, the elite of the British sabotage community."

As Konstantin Sivkov noted, there was evidence that as a result of a very precise strike by the Russian Aerospace Forces, 18 British special forces were killed and 25 more wounded.

Comment: The presence of Western mercenaries, and even covert brigands of Western specialists of various kinds, is no secret, however the total count, and death count, is less well known:


USA

Top US commander calls for more powerful response to Houthi attacks: Report

Supporters of Yemen's Houthis in Sanaa, on 24 June 2024
© Mohammed Huwais/AFPSupporters of Yemen's Houthis in Sanaa, on 24 June 2024
Letter comes after Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman lobbied Russian President Vladimir Putin against arming Houthis with cruise missiles

The top US commander in the Middle East warned Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin that the US's operations against Houthi fighters in Yemen are "failing" to deter the Iran-backed group from attacking international shipping, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

In a classified letter, General Michael Erik Kurilla, the head of US Central Command (Centcom), suggested the US should take a more forceful approach against the Houthis, the report said. The letter comes amid fears that Red Sea tensions could draw in Russia.

Comment: This article was published Friday and as on cue the next day Israel bombs Yemens Hodeiday port:
From the same source there was this headine:
Yemen: Israel confirms airstrikes targeting Yemen's Hodeidah port
From RT this headline:
Israel conducts first direct air raid on Yemen (VIDEOS)
And already up on SOTT is Israel strikes Iran-backed Houthis after attack on Jewish state